The Worshipful Company of Plaisterers was originally formed as a trade guild of the City of London to regulate the quality of plastering in the City and to safeguard the welfare and interests of plasterers. Today, charitable activities and support for the craft of plastering through annual awards and training bursaries are the two cornerstones of its work.
The Company is dedicated to continuously support education and training in the plastering trade, and remains in close contact with the British plastering industry.
The Company encourages excellence in all aspects of plastering. It awards trophies and prizes to plastering colleges, and in 1969, inaugurated the Plaisterers’ Trophy. The Competition is now run by the Federation of Plastering & Drywall Contractors, and in 2009 three new Trophies were awarded to the companies judged to have carried out the best solid plastering, fibrous plastering and GRG (Glass Reinforced Gypsum) and drylining contracts in the country each year.
The Company is proud of its history representing and supporting the Plastering Trade. Information on our involvement with those currently working as plasterers and dry liners can be found on the Trade Support pages of this website.
Over and above the education and training projects, the Company’s Charitable Trust also supports Liverymen and Freemen of the Company in need and their widows and dependents together with other charitable causes including the provision for bursaries. Both Peterborough and St Paul’s Cathedrals are the recipients of annual bursaries to assist with the education of a chorister. The Humber Bursary is awarded annually to a deserving post-graduate student at the Guildhall School of Music.
Plaisterers’ Hall also plays host not only to the Company’s social occasions, but also a number of charitable fund-raising events, other Livery Company dinners and commercial lettings.